A day in the life of any athlete looks something like this: exercise, training, eating right and staying fit. With calorie-rich, sugar-infused, flavor-injected sports drinks lining the sidelines and dugouts, athletes are constantly looking to quench their big league thirsts. Green tea has emerged as a unique way to take care of those late game droughts. Full of powerful antioxidants and all natural ingredients, green tea provides an energy boost to even the most energy-drained athletes.
Caffeine: A Boost of Energy
An 8-oz cup of green tea holds about 24-40 mg of caffeine, as seen on AZCentral.com. It is said that some of the active ingredients found in green tea aid in athletic endurance, allowing them to train harder or workout longer. Livestrong.com reports that caffeine consumption can improve single-sprint performance and increases adrenaline release, all while reducing the feeling of fatigue. The caffeine found in tea will also provide relief from tension headaches which will come in handy as the clock winds down in the big game.
For those athletes who suffer from acne breakouts, save those loose tea leaves—they make for the perfect exfoliant. Take it a step further and make a green tea mask, which will leave your skin smooth, bright and ready for game time. All you need is an egg, honey, lemon juice and green tea powder. Stir ingredients together to form a thick paste. Cleanse your skin with mild soap prior to applying the mask. Let it set for 15 minutes, then wipe of with damp washcloth.
Green tea is proven to help fight high blood pressure, heart disease, as well as lowering cholesterol and prevents diabetes. Flavanoid, also found in dark chocolate, wine, and grapes, is a powerful antioxidant in green tea and it protects the lining around the heart. It also offers short-term improvement in your arteries—and good arteries make for a great athlete. Green tea protects the arteries by keeping them flexible and relaxed.
Antioxidants: A Powerful Thing
Antioxidants found in green tea help flush out toxins from your body. Those toxins attack healthy particles in your body, causing cell mutation, which leaves you more at risk for cancer and other illnesses. By drinking just three cups of tea daily, an athlete lowers his risk of cancer significantly.
According to the National Cancer Institute, men who drank green tea three times a day for a year were less likely to get prostate cancer than men who didn’t. The same goes for women, women who drank green tea three times a day were less likely to get breast cancer than women who didn’t drink it at all.
Antioxidants also help with muscle recovery. This is huge for athletes who suffer from muscle fatigue and soreness. The natural antioxidants help speed up the process of muscle recovery while making limbs feel invigorated and refreshed. We’re not saying that green tea will cure soreness altogether, but it will cut down the recovery time significantly.
Published by guest author: Marc Shelton Marc is a health and wellness expert and uses his knowledge of the field to freelance for articles and blogs. He hates treadmills.